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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare tops charts, while GTAV returns to the top ten
Despite November witnessing the official launch of several major gaming titles across all platforms, the NPD Group earlier today confirms that industry sales in the U.S. still ended up falling 11 percent year-over-year to $2.41 billion USD. What's more, November 2014 marked the first time since the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles that hardware sales actually fell ($1.10 billion compared to $1.31 billion in November 2013). On the plus side, monthly software sales didn't suffer from a similarly drastic drop for a change, sliding just one percent year-over-year to $1.09 billion.
Now the part you're probably more interested in: did the Xbox One manage to beat the PS4 in sales last month like Microsoft boasted? While NPD's monthly report card failed to provide unit sales numbers as usual, Microsoft already announced that the Xbox One managed to reclaim the crown for best-selling console hardware in both the U.S. and U.K. during November. The Xbox One will ring in a fine anniversary for the last time it outsold the PS4, assuming the console can keep the momentum through this December. MIcrosoft also confirms that Xbox One software outsold those for the PS4 in November, making for a record-setting month for the number of Xbox Live users.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare perhaps predictably topped the industry charts on the software front for November, though interestingly the best-selling platform for Activision's latest CoD entry would prove to be the Xbox 360. Grand Theft Auto V also makes a triumphant return to the NPD software top ten thanks to the high-definition re-release of Rockstar's record-setting game on PS4 and Xbox One, with the PS4 version selling the best.
Nintendo also made a fine showing for itself with no less than three titles on the NPD software top ten. You'll never ever guess what their bestselling game in November was (honest!), but you may be interested to learn that Pokemon Alpha Sapphire was the better selling Generation VI game, outpacing even Ubisoft's Far Cry 4. Guess you can't have too much water in Hoenn after all. Speaking of Ubisoft, Assassin's Creed: Unity still managed to land in ninth place in spite of its technical woes.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection meanwhile barely squeezed into the charts, highlighting another platform exclusive title which managed to make NPD's software top ten.
|1.||Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare||Activision||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||11/2014|
|2.||Grand Theft Auto V||Rockstar||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360||11/2014|
|3.||Super Smash Bros. for Wii U||Nintendo||Wii U||11/2014|
|4.||Madden NFL 15||Electronic Arts||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360||08/2014|
|5.||Pokémon Alpha Sapphire||Nintendo||3DS||11/2014|
|6.||Far Cry 4||Ubisoft||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||11/2014|
|7.||Pokémon Omega Ruby||Nintendo||3DS||11/2014|
|8.||NBA 2K15||2K Games||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||10/2014|
|9.||Assassin's Creed: Unity||Ubisoft||PS4 / Xbox One / PC||11/2014|
|10.||Halo: The Master Chief Collection||Microsoft Game Studios||Xbox One||11/2014|
Lawsuits across four regions terminated as a result of reaching settlement
Philips Electronics confirms it is no longer embroiled in a patent infringement dispute with Nintendo over the motion and gesture-tracking tech in the console giant's gaming hardware like the Wii and Wii U. The Danish technology company has reached an agreement with Nintendo today where both companies will henceforth cross license each other's patent portfolios.
While Philips did not reveal any financial details concerning its settlement, the company will drop patent infringement proceedings against Nintendo not only in Britain where it had already won its patent infringement case back in June, but Germany, France, and the U.S. as well. Indeed, this represents all four jurisdictions where Philips had previously filed complaints against Nintendo.
Not quite Pokemon X & Y's levels, but Europe hasn't hit the new Hoenn train... yet
In case there was any doubt at this point in Pokemon's life, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire sold pretty darn well right out of the gates. Nintendo confirms that Game Freak's latest pair of Pokemon titles for the 3DS achieved sales of over 3 million units across the U.S., Japan, Australia and South Korea.
Japanese sales accounted for roughly half the combined total at 1,534,593 units, with the three global regions making up the current remainder over the course of three days (Nov. 21st to 23rd). Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are officially the fourth set of 3DS titles that scored launch weekend sales of over one million units in Japan, joining the esteemed ranks of Monster Hunter 4, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and... Pokemon X and Y.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire's launch weekend sales unfortunately didn't quite reach the record-setting levels of Pokemon X and Y back when they hit last year, but it's worth noting that this year's flagship Pokemon entries have yet to launch in Europe.
The Evil Within sets a new first-month milestone for survival horror games
There's no spooky Halloween surprise for the gaming indusrty last month, as the NPD Group confirms US retail sales slid less than a single percentage year-over-year to $790.7 million USD. PS4 and Xbox One hardware continue to comprise the bulk of monthly sales in October, growing a whopping 59 percent over the previous year to $273.6 million.
You'll note that it will soon be a year since the PS4 and Xbox One launched in North America, meaning October 2014's report will be the last before both consoles will start getting annual performance comparisons. In the meantime, the PS4 and Xbox One will rest easy knowing they never managed to fall below PS3 and Xbox 360 sales during their first year on the market. Indeed, NPD confirms that the combined first year sales for the PS4 and Xbox One were 70 percent higher than those for the PS3 and 360.
While Sony claims retail hardware sales mastery again for the month of October with the PS4, Microsoft yesterday boasted how the Xbox One has been outselling its next-gen rival for the past two weeks in the US thanks to the console's recent limited-time price cut.
While monthly (physical retail) software sales continued to disappoint by sliding 28 percent to $350.3 million on account of Grand Theft Auto V's continued show-stealing performance at retail last October. That said, NPD's software top ten enjoyed an excellent showing from actual new releases with 2K's NBA 2K15 taking top honors. The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. has already done Nintendo proud with worldwide sales of 2.8 million units just days after the North American launch, but admittedly the bulk of US sales had already occured during NPD's September reporting period. Meanwhile, The Evil Within's third place finish which has been hailed by NPD as the best first-month showing yet for a survival horror IP (and an all-new one to boot).
|1.||NBA 2K15||2K Games||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||10/2014|
|2.||Super Smash Bros. for 3DS||Nintendo||3DS||10/2014|
|3.||The Evil Within||Bethesda Softworks||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||10/2014|
|4.||Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel||2K Games||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||10/2014|
|5.||Destiny||Activision||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360||09/2014|
|6.||Skylanders: Trap Team||Activision||PS4 / Xbox One / Wii U / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / 3DS||10/2014|
|7.||FIFA 15||Electronic Arts||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / Vita / 3DS||09/2014|
|8.||Madden NFL 15||Electronic Arts||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360||08/2014|
|9.||Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||PS4 / Xbox One / PC||09/2014|
|10.||Minecraft||Microsoft Game Studios / Sony Computer Entertainment||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox 360||05/2014|
Soon all the Hyperdimension Neptunia fans outside of Japan will be able to realize their dark dreams of dancing to the tune of Lastation's Noire, as Idea Factory confirms Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart for PlayStation Vita will be making its way to North America and Europe in early 2015.
Previously released in Japan back in May, Hyperdevotion Noire is a strategy RPG spinoff of Compile Heart's Hyperdimension Neptunia series. In addition to the four hallmark CPU (Console Patron Unit) characters from the main Hyperdimension games, you'll be able to recruit 18 brand new characters designed as parodies of game franchises like Street Fighter, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and Monster Hunter.
Now it wouldn't be a hyperdimension game without a list of equally hyperdimensional features... like having your characters kiss each other (on the cheek) during battle to unleash their ultra-special powers.
The "Lily" system encourages you to develop bonds between characters during battle, and the stronger the bonds, the more powerful your party can be activating Lily Boosts and Lily Points with a kiss.
A Moe Army Awaits! You ain't never seen the CPUs like this! Lead them in their first-ever foray into strategy RPG gameplay, taking on enemies in a whole new way. You'll fight off hordes of enemies in turn-based strategy, dodging laser beams and flaming pits, and using dangerous environments against your enemy.
Link up with the "Lily System" The more often characters are in battle together, the higher their bond becomes. Activating the "Lily Boost" grants special stats and abilities, while "Lily Points" can be used to activate ultra-special moves and even goddess transformations. Don't be shy to build up those battle relationships and seal it all with a kiss!
Check your Status! All kinds of funky things can happen in the heat of battle and characters can be hit with status ailments that are both boon and burden. You can get pixelated, zombie-fied, or even turned into a block of tofu! Some status changes come with their own benefit and cost, so keep this in mind during a fight.
Item Customization! You'll get tons of replay value with so many ways to boost your gear's stats! The more enemies you defeat, the more items you can get to customize your gear in whatever way you see fit. Let the great experiment begin!
Livin' the Noire Life! Life's not all about grid-based battles. Sometimes Noire just wants to relax at home, and with the "Sim Noire" mode you'll be able to do just that! Customize the place by buying furniture and accessories with in-game points, and make Noire feel like the goddess she is. She'll also get to go out with friends and build up her social level!
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Nintendo confirms that Super Smash Bros. for 3DS has already reached a sales milestone of one million units during its first week on the market in Japan. This figure includes both physical retail sales and digital downloads, meaning Smash Bros. on 3DS technically hasn't sold through Nintendo's entire shipment to Japanese retailers just yet.
Nevertheless this puts the new Smash Bros. in seriously good company alongside other first-week million sellers on 3DS in Japan like Pokemon X/Y, Capcom's Monster Hunter 4 and Level-5's Yokai Watch 2. Whether or not this sets the stage for the bar to be raised even higher outside of Japan remains to be seen; the handheld version of the game remains on track for an October 3rd launch across North America and Europe.
Nintendo is currently offering a demo for Smash Bros. on the 3DS eShop for Platinum-level Club Nintendo members, with the floodgates opening for everyone this Sept. 19th.
The Wii U version of the anticipated follow-up to Nintendo's Smash Bros. series meanwhile does not yet have a firm release date this year, but it will also be interesting to see if Super Smash Bros. for Wii U can reach similar heights in light of Mario Kart 8's relative success. Will the Smash Bros. hype last through this holiday season?
Prepare for spoilers, if there is indeed any kernel of truth to the unknown
The official launch of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is a little over a month away, and some very daring mystery men have been upping the intensity of their Fiend's Scale with appear to be leaks from the upcoming handheld version of the game, including a shot of the full roster. They're even bringing out the shakycam video showcasing as-of-yet-unannounced characters like Bowser Jr. and Ganondorf.
More leaked images also suggest the return of old hands like Wario (as rumored earlier), as well as more newcomers like the freakin' Dog from Duck Hunt and Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles. Seriously, Shulk has been a rumored character since forever.
These purported leaks certainly count as spoilers, and Nintendo usually doesn't take very kindly to them as demonstrated by their friendly visit to an Instagram leaker during the Pokemon X and Y launch. For the time being however, Nintendo will only say that it has nothing else to announce at this time, oh and please visit the Smash Bros. site for the currently known roster of characters.
Update: Leaked videos have since been removed from YouTube.
Edwin 503 Double Knee Shoe Cut jeans confirmed for Smash
Nintendo released a list of music composers who will be contributing tracks to the upcoming 3DS version of Super Smash Bros., and it looks like producer Masahiro Sakurai is keeping some fine company. In addition to Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka of Metroid and Earthbound fame lending tunes, the 3DS list includes many other esteemed names from across the Japanese industry, not least of these being Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono series, Xenogears) and Yoko Shimomura (Super Mario RPG, Kingdom Hearts, Mario & Luigi series, Final Fantasy XV).
The list arrives just after word from Sakurai himself that tracks from the 3DS version's Sound collection (sound test) will run even when the handheld itself is in Sleep mode (i.e. clamshell closed), while the L/R shoulder buttons can be used to navigate tracks. We'll have to wait until this October 3rd to hear these tracks for ourselves, and how the following artists got to bring what classic tunes to life in their own way.
|ACE (TOMOri Kudo / CHiCO)|| Xenoblade Chronicles |
Music for "ONE PIECE exhibition" under the editorship of Eiichiro Oda
|Masato Coda (designwave Co., Ltd.)|| Monster Hunter series |
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
|Masashi Hamauzu|| Final Fantasy XIII |
Saga Frontier II
|Kenji Ito|| Romancing SaGa series |
Puzzle & Dragons
|Noriyuki Iwadare|| Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies |
|Shota Kageyama|| Pokémon X and Pokémon Y |
Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version
|Yuzo Koshiro (Ancient-corp.)|| Etrian Odyssey |
Wangan Midnight: Maximum Tune
|Yasunori Mitsuda (PROCYON STUDIO)|| CHRONO TRIGGER |
|Michiko Naruke (Naru2 Co., Ltd.)|| Wild Arms |
Nora to Toki no Kōbō: Kiri no Mori no Majo
|Keiichi Okabe (MONACA)|| NieR Replicant / Gestalt |
|Hideki Sakamoto (noisycroak Co., Ltd.)|| Toukiden |
|Tetsuya Shibata (Unique Note Co., Ltd.)|| Devil May Cry 2, 3, 4 |
|Yoko Shimomura|| Kingdom Hearts series |
Mario & Luigi RPG series
|Masafumi Takada (Sound Prestige LLC)|| Danganronpa series |
Earth Defense Force series
|Yusuke Takahama (TARGET ENTERTAINMENT INC.)|| Digital Pinball: Last Gladiators |
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
|Hirokazu Tanaka|| Metroid |
|Kumi Tanioka|| FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES series |
Ragnarok Odyssey series
|Nobuko Toda (FILM SCORE LLC)|| Metal Gear Solid 4 |
TIME SCOOP HUNTER
|Shohei Tsuchiya (TAITO / ZUNTATA)|| DARIUSBURST series |
GROOVE COASTER series
|Atsuko Asahi (Nintendo)|| Mario Kart 8 |
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
|Daisuke Matsuoka (Nintendo)|| StreetPass: Find Mii series |
|Toru Minegishi (Nintendo)|| The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks |
|Ryo Nagamatsu (Nintendo)|| Nintendo Land |
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
|Mahito Yokota (Nintendo)|| Super Mario Galaxy 1&2 |
Super Mario 3D World
|Keiki Kobayashi (BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.)|| ACE COMBAT series |
THE IDOLM@STER series
|Rio Hamamoto (BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.)|| TEKKEN series |
THE IDOLM@STER JUPITER
|Hiroki Hashimoto (BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.)|| TANK! TANK! TANK! |
PAC-MAN & Galaga DIMENSIONS
|Yoshinori Hirai (BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.)|| Taiko: Drum Master series |
|Taku Inoue (BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.)|| TEKKEN series |
THE IDOLM@STER series
|Jesahm (BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.)|| Donkey Konga series |
THE IDOLM@STER series
|Saki Kasuga (BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.)|| Fire Emblem series |
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
|Hiroyuki Kawada (BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.)|| Walküre series |
|LindaAI-CUE (BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.)|| Taiko: Drum Master series |
|Yuji Masubuchi (BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.)|| Taiko: Drum Master series |
Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil
|Junichi Nakatsuru (BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.)|| SOULCALIBUR series |
ACE COMBAT series
|Katsuro Tajima (BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.)|| SPLATTERHOUSE |
|Torine (BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.)|| Taiko:Drum Master series |
|Ryo Watanabe (BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.)|| RIDGE RACER series |
THE IDOLM@STER series
|Yoshihito Yano (BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.)|| Katamari Damacy series |
Azure Striker Gunvolt hits the Japanese eShop today with a special surprise: a complimentary download code for the newly announced Mighty Gunvolt, an action platforming title scheduled for a winter 2014 launch that promises to blend Capcom's classic NES Mega Man titles with Konami's Kid Dracula. Even better, the official English Gunvolt Twitter account confirms that the upcoming North American Gunvolt release will also come with free Mighty Gunvolt downloads.
Mighty Gunvolt features Gunvolt, Beck from Mighty No. 9 and... Ekoro from GalGun as they tackle five levels of retro action, right down to the 8-bit NES style graphics. Two Mega Man inspired heroes in a Mega Man inspired title that comes free with another Mega Man (X) inspired title; Inti Creates knows what sort of retro love letters you're looking for, but keep in mind the free Mighty Gunvolt offer won't last forever.
Make sure to grab Azure Striker Gunvolt before November 19th if you want two games for the price of $14.99 USD, as the promotion only lasts three months following the release of the title on eShop this August 29th.
Also, PS4 is still the best selling hardware for the seventh month in a row
Sony and Naughty Dog brought back The Last of Us in a big way last month with an HD remake on PS4, and it paid off as both The Last of Us: Remastered and the PS4 secured top spots on the NPD Group's monthly U.S. sales charts for software and hardware, respectively. The PS4 didn't appear to be in any danger of losing the crown it has now held for seven consecutive months; Sony already confirmed at gamescom earlier this week that worldwide sales for the platform have hit 10 million units since launch last November.
Hardware sales in general proved to be the main attraction as well as the key factor that allowed U.S. industry sales to grow 16 percent year-over-year to $514.3 million USD last month. NPD confirms that hardware sales alone in July grew 100 percent to $198.8 million, almost as good as the 106 percent growth reported for June. With both the PS4 and Xbox One at their nine-month mark, NPD also notes that their combined lifetime-to-date sales remain nearly 80 percent higher than the combined nine-month totals for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
It's a fine reminder that next-gen console platforms remain in demand. Sadly this is not reflected in the console software sales, as next-gen games are not yet selling enough to offset the inevitable decline in "last-gen" software. "Reduced sales for new launches" similarly played their part in causing monthly software sales to drop 15 percent year-over-year to $178.2 million.
According to the NPD Group, a major part of that can be attributed to the lack of an NCAA Football title for consoles this year. EA discontinued its college football video game series last September after reaching a settlement in a lawsuit filed by student-athletes over unpaid use of their likenesses. If you've been following NPD sales reports over the past few years, you may recall that NCAA Football titles from EA typically top the July sales charts.
|1.||The Last of Us: Remastered||Sony Computer Entertainment||PS4 / PS3||07/2014|
|2.||Minecraft||Microsoft Game Studios / Sony Computer Entertainment||Xbox 360 / PS3||05/2014|
|3.||FIFA 14||Electronic Arts||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / Vita||09/2013|
|4.||Watch Dogs||Ubisoft||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||05/2014|
|5.||Mario Kart 8||Nintendo||Wii U||05/2014|
|6.||Call of Duty: Ghosts||Activision||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / PC||11/2013|
|7.||Grand Theft Auto V||Take 2 Interactive||PS3 / Xbox 360||09/2013|
|8.||Sniper Elite III||505 Games||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360||07/2014|
|9.||NBA 2K14||2K Games||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||10/2013|
|10.||LEGO Marvel Super Heroes||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / Vita / 3DS / PC||10/2013|
- Xbox Live and PSN both down for Christmas, reportedly hit by DDoS attack 
- Minecraft: Story Mode is Telltale's next episodic series, mixing 'new characters with familiar themes' 
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 announced, more Naruto on Sasuke action 
- Bloodborne's ever-changing 'Chalice Dungeons,' procedurally-generated hell holes detailed 
- See Red and Blue fight it out in new Halo 5 Guardians multiplayer beta teaser trailer 
- January's Games With Gold add Dark Dreams Don't Die to Xbox One, The Witcher II to Xbox 360 
- Capcom gets an Unreal Engine 4 assist for Street Fighter V 
- Outfitting a Total War: Attila general's household with weaponry and a wife in 'Army Management' spotlight